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January 29, 2015

Princeville's Makai Golf Course Named to Golf Digest's 2015/16 List of  “America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses”

Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii (January 29, 2015) – The spectacular Makai Course at the Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai’s north shore has been named to Golf Digest’s newly released list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” for 2015/2016. The Makai was first named to the prestigious list in 2013/14 and since then has risen in the list rankings from number 80 to 65. With the recent closure of Princeville’s Prince Course (transitioning to a private golf club), the Makai Course is now the only "top 100" course on Kauai that is open for public play.

The Princeville Makai Golf Club features twenty-seven holes of world-class golf within two uniquely distinctive courses, the first in Hawaii to be designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. In keeping with its name (makai means "towards the ocean"), the 18-hole championship Makai Course is set on an oceanfront bluff against the stunning backdrop of Hanalei Bay and Kauai's lush north shore mountains. The Makai is golf at its finest, incorporating Jones' "design as art" concept for both a challenging and inspirational golf experience, crowned by five dramatic oceanfront holes featuring magnificent vistas of land, sea, and sky. The 9-hole Woods Course is ideal for the casual golfer who wants to enjoy a leisurely nine holes in a relaxed layout, winding through native woodlands amidst spectacular mountain views. Both courses are home to exotic native Hawaiian flora and fauna, including the endangered Nene Goose--Hawaii's state bird and the world's rarest goose.

In 2010, the Makai Course reopened after a comprehensive 14-month renovation and has since garnered rave reviews for its immaculate condition and playability. In addition to its ranking by Golf Digest as one of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses," the course recently climbed from #86 (in 2014) to #42 in Golfweek’s 2015 "Top 100 Resort Courses in the U.S." The Makai Course is also consistently ranked as one of the top five public courses in Hawaii. It boasts an extraordinarily beautiful setting and in 2011 was named one of the “Top 5 Great Golf Settings in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler.

The Princeville Makai Golf Club is managed by Troon Golf. For more information, rates, or to reserve tee times at Princeville Makai Golf Club, call (808) 826-1912 or visit


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